May 12: Out of Office: Facing this Summer’s Operational Challenges

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Did you miss out on vacation in 2020? You’re not alone. Employers struggled to deal with the unused days that piled up during the pandemic, allowing many employees to roll over unused time into 2021 while still accruing new time. In addition, the pandemic upended the way many workers do their job — whether in the office or from home — and increased the time they spend doing it. In 2020, the average workday lengthened by nearly an hour — but despite the longer hours, employees took less time off. The result? Employees are burnt out and in desperate need for time away from their home and their computer.

Schools will be closed and thousands of parents who have been trapped at home for the past year will want to get out. Summer camps have limited availability and higher prices, so the pressure on parents with children at home will continue. “I need a vacation” is likely to be a repeated refrain. Thousands of people who delayed vacations last summer are now primed and ready to go. Resorts and hospitality venues across the country are reporting record summer bookings.

In addition, many employees will still be working remotely — possibly from their beach house — and employers may see a drop in employee productivity.

Due to employee absences, this summer will likely be a time of operational challenges that many employers are not prepared for.

This webinar will focus on how you can begin to prepare to ensure your organization can still run effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of the past six months
  • What we see on the horizon for this summer
  • Advice for reviewing Leave and Paid Time Off policies and handbooks
  • How additional Leave Laws may impact employers (PFML)
  • Critical steps to take now to protect your organization from a possible “Out of Office” avalanche